Toodyay Hunter Could Face Prison: RSPCA Ask Public For Help

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A CRUEL and callous hunter who shot a kangaroo with a high-powered bow near Toodyay could serve up to a year in prison. 

The RSPCA condemned the act of animal cruelty – the third major incident in the past two weeks.

Despite attempts to save it, the kangaroo had to be put down.

The RSPCA is calling for the public’s help to catch the person responsible for the kangaroo attack.

Spokesman Tim Mayne said the crime was punishable by hefty penalties.

Any person convicted of animal cruelty could face a fine of up to $50,000 or five years’ jail, he said.

“The message is that if you inflict injuries or any form of cruelty on defenceless animals and we catch you, then we will enforce the full extent of the law and you will be punished,” he said.

The kangaroo’s death was the third major cruelty incident in as many weeks.

A horse was wounded with a shotgun on April 24 at Anketell, south of Perth, and a dog was shot with an arrow in Kununurra, in the Far North, last Friday.

Veterinarians removed 23 pellets from the horse’s body – from its head through to its rib cage.

It is still undergoing treatment and there are concerns it may lose its right eye.

Police are investigating both incidents.

“The fact that RSPCA has had three reports of three separate animals shot with weapons is appalling,” RSPCA CEO David van Ooran said.

He said under the Animal Welfare Act 2002, penalties of up to a $50,000 fine and five year’ imprisonment apply.

The unlawful killing of native animals is also an offence under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950, which carries a penalty of $4,000 for protected fauna and up to $10,000 in the case of rare or specially protected species. In addition to these provisions, separate charges can be laid by police.

Anyone witnessing animal cruelty can call the RSPCA hotline on 1300 278 3589.

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Cat Set On Fire In Violent Act Of Cruelty

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A CAT has been set on fire in a “sickening” act of animal cruelty in Perth, the RSPCA says.

Inspectors were called to a property in the outer rural suburb of Henley Brook on Sunday after a woman reported the injured animal was in her garden.

She heard the cat crying and called the RSPCA, which took the animal to a veterinary clinic for emergency treatment.

The RSPCA said it appeared the cat was set on fire and also had a broken tail and other injuries.

The cat is on pain relief medication and is being treated for its injuries.

It follows other recent acts of animal cruelty including a horse that was shot with a shotgun, and a kangaroo and dog that were shot in separate incidents with an arrow.

“It is appalling that the RSPCA has investigated four deliberate acts of animal cruelty inside of three weeks,” RSPCA chief executive David van Ooran said.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call the RSPCA’s cruelty hotline on 1300 278 3589.

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Burglar Who Blinded Dog Will Go To Jail

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When a burglar broke into the home of an 86-year-old, the resident’s dog Kiri tried to defend the home. The eight-year-old border collie lost an when the burglar kicked her in the face.

Now that burglar will be spending 22 months in jail for his crimes.

Kiri’s owner, who doesn’t want to be identified, was at church last September when a burglar broke into the widow’s home in Worcestershire, England. As burglars ransacked the home Kiri tried to defend it. The burglars attacked Kiri in response. Kicked in the head Kiri would lose one of her eyes from the attack.

Kiri’s owner is distraught over what has happened to their dog. “I can’t believe anyone could be so heartless and cruel to an animal,” Kiri’s owner said. “This has come as a real shock and I am gutted by what has happened to Kiri.” Kiri has become fearful and needs constant reassurance from her owner who is also now afraid to go out and leave Kiri home alone.

Neighbors of the elderly widow and Kiri were disgusted with what had happened and raised a £500 reward to find the burglar. Finally that burglar has been found and will be serving time in jail. A twenty-one year old named David Senior pleaded guilty to the burglary and attack. In total he will serve 22 months in jail, 16 months for the burglary and another 6 months for drug charges.

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